Extraordinary Chickens
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Extraordinary Chickens

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by Stephen Green-Armytage
     
 

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Over the centuries, chickens have been bred into an amazing variety of shapes, sizes, patterns, textures, and colors. If you were to step into the poultry area of any good-sized state fair, you would think you were in the most exotic section of a major zoo or aviary. Yet because commercial breeders produce only the plain chickens suitable for meat or for egg-laying,…  See more details below

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Overview

Over the centuries, chickens have been bred into an amazing variety of shapes, sizes, patterns, textures, and colors. If you were to step into the poultry area of any good-sized state fair, you would think you were in the most exotic section of a major zoo or aviary. Yet because commercial breeders produce only the plain chickens suitable for meat or for egg-laying, most people have no idea these birds exist.

This unique book provides a glorious window into the world of exotic chickens. With gorgeous color photographs and informative text, author Stephen Green-Armytage surveys many unusual breeds around the world, capturing with his camera chickens of all sizes, shapes, and colors while also illuminating beautiful feather patterns, exotic wattles and “boots,” and many other details. Included among the more than fifty breeds represented are the elegant Sebrights, whose lacy feather patterns rival the work of couture designers in sophistication and beauty; the personable Polish chickens, with their flamboyant crests; and the majestic Phoenix birds, whose tail feathers can exceed ten feet in length.

For breeders and enthusiasts, this volume will be a treasure they must own. For others, it will be a revelation, worth having for the sheer enjoyment of the striking photographs and the amazing animals they portray.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Anyone who thinks of chickens merely as flocks of egg-laying machines or as food for the table will be in for a surprise when they read this book. Author-photographer Green-Armytage, whose pictures have appeared in a number of books and magazines, visited poultry shows and individual fanciers in the United States and abroad to capture the approximately 160 full-color photographs displayed here. Many of these photos are, like the subjects themselves, extraordinary. Here chickens stand out as individuals with their own distinctive colors, shapes, and sizes. Most are quite beautiful. Many are unusual, even exotic, with crests, beards, combs that look like horns, long tails, no tails, feathered feet, and naked necks. Green-Armytage also examines feather patterns and textures, heads and combs, feet and spurs, and even eggs. The text consists of a brief introductory chapter followed by an alphabetical list, with descriptions, of the several dozen breeds portrayed. More detailed information and the official standards of all breeds exhibited in the United States can be found in The American Standard of Perfection (American Poultry Association, last revised in 1998). Recommended for leisure, animal, photography, and other collections.--William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Presents intimate color portraits of 50 beautiful and unusual breeds of show chickens. Photos are grouped in 17 thematic sections including breeds like Frizzles and Silkies; types including game birds and decorative banties; and features that include muffs, fluffy top-knots, bloomers, warty or antler-like combs, and marvelous, clown-red wattles. Includes a brief preface and a description of the breeds. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sarah Ferrell
The world of chickens is a world of wonders. Consider the 179 photographs by Stephen Green-Armytage beautifully reproduced and collected in Extraordinary Chickens. The flamboyant, unlikely, extravagant birds depicted in studio portraits come in all sizes (bantam to colossal) and shapes (Botero-plump to pitiful) and colors and textures; I am particularly taken with the frizzles, although the silkies give them a run for their money....Green-Armytage, whose book grew out of an assignment for Life magazine, has also provided a useful text, including a brief history of chicken fancying (Queen Victoria was an early poultry fan) and short descriptions of the breeds pictured, from the Appenzeller Spitzhauben, new on the show circuit, to the showily long-tailed Yokohama.
New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435109513
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
08/11/2008
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
91,026
Product dimensions:
10.24(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Green-Armytage’s photographs have appeared in numerous books and magazines, including Sports Illustrated, LIFE, Fortune, Smithsonian, and various European magazines. He is the author/photographer of Abrams’ Extra Extraordinary Chickens, Extraordinary Pheasants, Extraordinary Pigeons, plus the delightful children’s book Dudley: The Little Terrier That Could. He lives in New York.

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